Carlson announces funding commitment for International Tourism Partnership & Youth Career Initiative

Carlson, a global hospitality and travel company, in partnership with the Carlson Family Foundation, today announced a $100,000 grant to the International Tourism Partnership (ITP) and Youth Career Initiative (YCI).

The grant is aimed at growing special programs in Africa, Asia Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean and will allow young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to gain valuable employment and life skills.

“This donation by the Carlson Family Foundation will be designated to extend the YCI Trafficking in Persons Project to integrate trafficking survivors into existing programs as well supporting operating costs necessary for growth,” said Trudy Rautio, president and CEO, Carlson. “Protecting victims of human trafficking is important to Carlson and we are proud to be an industry leader in preventing human trafficking and the exploitation of women and children.”

In 2013 and 2014, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group financially supported the development of the new YCI implementation model. The Radisson Blu Hotel, Dakar, successfully piloted this model in 2014. From a talented class of nine graduates, five trainees are now employed by the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dakar.

“The Youth Career Initiative is one of the best examples of how the hotel industry can unite to transform the lives of vulnerable young people. With global youth unemployment at an all-time high and with rapid growth in the industry, this is a win-win for society and for business.  I am truly grateful to Carlson and to the Carlson Family Foundation for their generous support, which will enable us to offer more opportunities for more young people in need", says Stephen Farrant, Director International Tourism Partnership.

Carlson Rezidor has been a member of the International Tourism Partnership since 2005. ITP is a strong and unique platform which furthers the corporate responsibility and sustainability agenda in the hospitality industry. Carlson Rezidor has particularly been involved in the Youth Career Initiative, the Human Trafficking workgroup and the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative.

For more information about Carlson's CSR programmes and work with ITP see these Green Hotelier articles or these pieces on Youth Career Initiative

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